Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is anticipating state and provincial law enforcement closures of all vehicular traffic through the Peace Arch Port of Entry this Sunday June 10 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. during the 90th annual "Hands Across the Border Celebration."
The Peace Arch Park will be host youth groups from the U.S. and Canada in recognition of the great friendship between these two nations. A youth parade of flags from around the world will be carried through the arch and accompanied by Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and veterans.
During this period all traffic will have to divert to either the Pacific Highway Port of Entry, one mile east of Peace Arch on State Highway 543, or to the Ports of Lynden on Highway 539 and Sumas on Highway 9.
Border traffic volumes are expected to be impacted during this celebration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers to plan your trip and allow extra time for crossing the border. Consult the CBP web site to monitor border wait times and review the "Know Before You Go" tip sheet.
CBP strongly encourages travelers to obtain a radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES) to expedite their entry and make crossing the border more efficient. The new Ready Lane is open at Peace Arch for those travelers with RFID-enabled cards.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.